Press office contacts

KCC Media Hub – maintained by Kent County Council press office

Our press office responds to media enquiries from journalists about KCC services and policies.

We can arrange TV, press and radio interviews with Cabinet, Lead Members and senior officers.

The duty press officer outside of office hours is Murray Evans on 07834 051150. 

Press contact Specialist areas Telephone Email
Lucy Majin (Press Office Manager) Includes: corporate issues, democratic services and finance issues as well as policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416421
07850 907407
Ella Watkins Includes:education, early years, schools, planning and access, quality and standards, post-16 education and apprenticeships. 03000 416282
07738 755491
Kiran Dhaliwal

Includes: social services for children, such as unaccompanied asylum seeking children, fostering, adoption and safeguarding issues as well as social care for adults, older people and promoting independence. 03000 410776 or         07789 750619


Murray Evans Includes: libraries, Trading Standards, community safety, film office, public rights of way, adult education, sports and culture, youth services, country parks, Gateways. Also includes: policy, performance and improvement, information services and economic development. 03000 416071
07834 051150
Gemma Smith Includes: Public Health 03000 416699
07912 451940
Thom Morris Includes: highways and waste functions, the planning and environment teams, and the delivery of new major transport schemes. 03000 416907
07738 860726


Kent foster carers thanked by Council Leader

The Leader of Kent County Council, Paul Carter, has personally congratulated a Kent couple who’ve been awarded MBE’s for their services to children in the county. Ron and Rinie Upton have fostered a total of 151 children and were invited to County Hall to discuss their career as foster carers…

Kent Change 4 Life winners announced

The Lee family from Ramsgate have won the Heart FM and Kent County Council Change 4 Life competition, launched as part of a new Kent campaign to encourage residents to make a change to their health and lifestyles. The presenters of the station’s flagship breakfast show programme – James Heming…

Thousands get free flu vaccine in Kent but many still at risk

NHS England and Kent County Council are again urging people to take steps to stay well this winter and get their flu vaccination. Almost 320,000 thousand adults and children have already had the vaccine in Kent and Medway. But many people in vulnerable at risk groups have still not been…

Pilgrims Hospice reaches out to Thanet with music

Thanks to a grant from Thanet county councillors, Pilgrims Hospice can now provide music therapy sessions for patients and their carers. A KCC Combined Members Grant for £1,059 allowed staff at the hospice to buy a digital piano and other musical instruments for staff and patients to use at small music…

Carter’s Restaurant open for business

Kent County Council Leader Paul Carter has opened the refurbished restaurant at Towers School in Ashford which was named after him. Carter’s Restaurant offers students from schools all over Ashford the opportunity to learn hospitality and catering skills as part of their vocational studies. The restaurant is run like a…

Upgrade for Kent Bus Stops

Kent County Council will be replacing the county’s decaying concrete bus stop poles with new modern alternatives. The project, which began this week, will result in a number of benefits and will allow for more efficient maintenance. There are 235 concrete bus stop poles still in place across the county,…

Cold weather – call to Kent residents to take action

Severe weather forecast for the South East could leave people vulnerable and Kent County Council is calling on residents to rally round and help friends, families and neighbours. A level three cold weather alert has been announced for the region by the Met Office which triggers actions in the NHS,…

£5 million worth of business loans on offer

Kent County Council has announced another £5 million in loans to support businesses in the county, boosting economic growth and job creation. The success of KCC’s Regional Growth Fund has already supported 242 companies in the county with £55 million of loans that have created more than 2,212 jobs, safeguarded a…

Ditton Heritage Centre brings the past back to life

Ditton Heritage Centre can now display photographs showing life in bygone days, thanks to Peter Homewood who awarded the centre £945  The money came from his KCC Combined Member Grant and will pay for the enlarging and framing of iconic photographs donated by local residents. Ditton Heritage Centre moved into…

Joint strategy launched to tackle Kent’s drug and alcohol issues

A new five-year strategy is set to be launched, bringing together agencies across Kent to tackle drug and alcohol misuse. As Dry January swings into action, it’s estimated that nearly 264,000 Kent people are drinking at increasing and high risk levels. It is believed that of the 53,000 alcohol-dependent individuals…